|Short Description||The application is supposed to give users direct access to Wikipedia.|
|Symptoms||Ads are displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), freeware pages.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By WikiTime Ads|
If you suddenly find your browser being flooded with different ads labeled as “Ads by WikiTime,” then adware has been installed on your computer. The program in question is called WikiTime. The supposed purpose of this program is to give users access to Wikipedia straight from their desktop without having to open the browser. However, what it will actually do is to present numerous ads when you try to browse the web.
It will be able to do this on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. This is not a program we recommend that you have on your computer. The best thing is to remove it as soon as possible. Not only is it annoying, but it can also prove to be a risk for the system’s security.
What Do WikiTime Ads Do?
Once the adware is installed, it will be able to generate pop-up, banner, in-text, and other types of ads. For the most part, they will present you with discounts, promotions, and coupons. The ads can also be related to your recent browsing. Adware program are able to collect data on the user’s browsing. This way they can provide relevant advertisements. Still, it is not recommended that you click on these ads regardless of how alluring they may seem.
Where Did WikiTime Ads Come from?
The program once had an official website, but it is currently inactive. Adware programs, however, do not rely on their official websites to get distributed. Instead, they try to get installed without users noticing. This can be done via bundled downloads. If you download free programs from third-party websites, then it is highly likely that you will come across bundled downloads. The additional software will be set up for installation by default, so if you are not careful, you will get it on your PC by accident. Here are a few things you can do to avoid bundled downloads:
- Do not download free software from third-party websites.
- Carefully read through the information presented in the install wizard.
- Select Advanced/Custom installation to decline any additional software featured on the installer.
Why Are WikiTime Ads Dangerous?
The program itself is not harmful. However, it may present ads that lead to unreliable websites. Cyber criminals often take advantage of adware to promote their malicious websites. This is because the promoted web pages are not actually reviewed. This means that by clicking on one of the ads you can find yourself on a website managed by cyber criminals. This will put your security and that of your system in danger. Some phishing scheme may be attempted where cyber criminals will try to trick you into sharing your personal and financial details. If you are transferred to a malicious website, there is also a chance that your computer will be attacked by infections.
How to Remove WikiTime Ads
Due to the risks that it presents to your system’s security, removal of WikiTime Ads should be performed as soon as possible. You can do this manually. What you need to do is go to Control Panel, access the list of programs, find WikiTime, and remove it.
Just removing the adware will not be enough to guarantee that your computer is safe. It is still susceptible to infection and there may be more adware programs on it. It is crucial that you protect your computer. This is why we recommend having a reliable antimalware tool on your computer. This will get rid of all unwanted programs currently on your computer. It will also ensure that the PC is not compromised again.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter